What's worse than getting a scratch on your vehicle? Getting a scratch on a vehicle you just recently bought. The sad reality is that scratches are often unavoidable, especially for those of us who have to drive in urban areas or park in tight garages and lots. For deep scratches, you'll likely have to get professional help to restore your vehicle to its pristine state. However, for those annoying minor scratches, you may be able to take matters into your own hands - and we don't mean by wringing the neck of the damage-doer. These 4 car scratch remover kits will save you a trip to the body shop, not to mention some serious cash.
1. Carfidant Scratch and Swirl Remover
If all the city driving you do is starting to terrorize your vehicle with minor scratches, swirls, and scuffs, the Carfidant Scratch and Swirl Remover ($19) will come to the rescue. What counts as a minor scratch? If you run your fingernail over the scratch and can't feel it, this product can help. If you can feel the scratch, it may be too deep to fix yourself. If you determine it is a minor scratch, the Carfidant solution will let you erase the wear and tear on your vehicle and bring the paint back to life. It works by removing water spots, oxidation and other contaminants from your paint. The included buffer pad makes this an easy-to-use solution that gets you results in a matter of minutes. Just apply the Carfidant solution onto the pad and buff scratches away by hand.
2. Multipurpose Scratch Remover Cloth
Is your new car already starting to look like it's seen better days? Don't blame yourself, this is a common side effect of daily driving. The multipurpose scratch remover cloth ($14) is like the Magic Eraser for your vehicle and can get it back to the shiny specimen of perfection you remember driving off the lot. You won't need to apply any additional solutions because the cloth does it all. It polishes away imperfections such as paint oxidation, asphalt, rust stains, and dirt. Not only can it remove small scratches from your vehicle, but it also removes paint left on your car by another vehicle. The package comes with two cloths and you'll be able to reuse each one up to 15 times so you'll be covered for the repeated abuse your vehicle endures out on the streets.
3. Meguiar's Quik Scratch Eraser Kit
Meguiar's is a well-respected name in the car care industry so you can count on their Quik Scratch Eraser Kit ($17) to repair small scratches and scuffs in your vehicle's paint. It uses the power of a standard drill in conjunction with the 4" scratch eraser pad and ScratchX 2.0 solution to buff away those minor imperfections that don't feel so minor. Just attach the scratch eraser to any standard household drill, apply the ScratchX 2.0 in an X pattern and buff the scratch or scuff at medium speed. Finally, use the included microfiber towel to remove any remaining residue and enjoy the shiny, like-new appearance of your car.
4. 3M Scratch and Scuff Removal
Accidents are a part of life. Whether you scraped your car on a pillar getting out of a tight parking garage or someone sideswiped you, the minor damage on your car's exterior can cause you to lose sleep. You may be avoiding taking your vehicle to the shop because of the expensive repair bill, but that's not necessarily your only option. An affordable and time-saving alternative is using a DIY method like the 3M Scratch & Scuff Removal Kit ($11). The all-in-one kit includes a rubbing compound, scratch remover, abrasive square, foam pad and step-by-step instructions for use. It requires no tools, just a little elbow grease to remove fine scratches and swirl marks.